The updates on COVID-19 in Korea as of 26 May
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Updates on COVID-19 in Republic of Korea

26 May, 2020



As of 0:00, 26 May 2020, the total number of confirmed cases is 11,225 (including 1,218 imported cases), of which 10,275 cases have been discharged from isolation. Newly confirmed cases are 19 in total.


[Table 1. Total reported/tested cases]

Period

(since 3 Jan)

Total

Tested positive (PCR)

Testing in progress

Tested negative (PCR)

Confirmed

Discharged from isolation

Under isolation

Deceased

As of 0:00

25 May (Mon)

826,437

11,206

10,226

713

267

19,089

796,142

As of 0:00

26 May (Tues)

839,475

11,225

10,275

681

269

22,044

806,206

Difference

(+)13,038

(+)19

(+)49

(-)32

(+)2

(+)2,955

(+)10,064

 

[Table 2. Imported cases in Korea (as of 0:00, 26 May 2020)]

 

Total

Region/Country

Where confirmed

Nationality

China

Asia ex-China

Europe

Americas

Africa

Australia

Point of Entry

Community

Korean

Other

New

3

0

2

0

1

0

0

2

1

2

1


Total

1,218

19

204

469

517

8

1

521

697

1,074

144

(1.6%)

(16.7%)

(38.5%)

(42.4%)

(0.7%)

(0.1%)

(42.8%)

(57.2%)

(88.2%)

(11.8%)

* Figures may change based on findings from ongoing local epidemiological investigation efforts.

 

Of the 19 new cases, 3 were imported cases and 16 were locally transmitted cases.

- Of the 3 imported cases, 1 is from America, 1 from UAE, and 1 from the Philippines.

 

Related to the biblical language study meeting, 1 additional case was confirmed at Grace Church in Dobong-gu, Seoul. This case is presumed to have been infected through contact with the confirmed case from Jusarang Church (Uijeongbu, Gyeonggi Province). In total, 9* cases have been confirmed related to this cluster to date.

   *1 from Grace Methodist Church (Yangcheon-gu, Seoul); 1 from Grace Church (Dobong-gu, Seoul); 6 from Hwado Uri Church (Namyangju, Gyeonggi Province); 1 from Jusarang Church (Uijeongbu, Gyeonggi Province)

 

Related to the Coupang Logistics Center in Bucheon City, Gyeonggi Province, 8 additional cases have been confirmed to date. Testing is underway for the workers of the logistics center. Investigation on the chain of transmission is underway, including possibility of epidemiological link to a confirmed case (visited Laon Party House on 9 May, confirmed on 23 May) from the nightclub-related cluster.

 

Related to Elim Church in Gumi City, Gyeongbuk Province, 1 additional case was confirmed who was a family member of a church member. In total, 8* cases have been confirmed related to this cluster.

   * 7 members of Elim Church (including the student at Daegu Meister High School for Agriculture and the student’s family), 1 merchant, 1 family member


Regarding the confirmed case in Daegu City who is a member of the military, epidemiological investigation is underway to identify the chain of transmission.

 

As of 12:00 today (26 May), 255 cases have been confirmed related to the nightclubs.


(By region) Seoul City=127, Gyeonggi Province=59, Incheon City=45, Chungbuk Province=9, Busan City=4, Gyeongnam Province=2, Jeonbuk Province=2, Daejeon City=1, Chungnam Province=1, Gangwon Province=1, Jeju Province=1

(By chain of transmission) Club visitors=96; Contacts (family/acquaintance/coworkers/etc)=159

(By age group) [0-18]=28; [19-29]=128; [30-39]=36; [40-49]=22; [50-59]=18; [60+]=23

(By sex) male 192, female 63

 

In an effort to stop further local transmission of COVID-19 within communities as early as possible, KCDC is conducting mass testing of persons who visited public venues and events visited by confirmed COVID-19 cases.

  - Persons who visited such places during the respective specified time period are advised to visit a screening clinic and get tested regardless of symptoms. (Refer to Table 5 on the final page.)

 

Regarding the surveillance and investigation system for domestic cases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children and Adolescents (MIS-C) associated with COVID-19, 2 cases of suspected MIS-C have been reported as of 0:00 of 26 May.

  - Both cases were reported by medical institutions in Seoul region. One case is below 10 years of age. The other is 10-19 years of age. One of the cases does not meet the case definition. But investigation is underway for both cases.

  - KCDC requested the media and the public to refer to such cases as “Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children and Adolescents (MIS-C)” or ”multisystem inflammatory syndrome” adopted as official terminology by KCDC through expert review and analysis of patient characteristics and clinical symptoms and in consideration of the term used by the World Health Organization.

 

In light of the upcoming opening of schools on 27 May (Wednesday) for high school grade 2 (11th grade), middle school grade 3 (9th grade), elementary school grades 1-2, and kindergarten students, KCDC requested students and school staff to closely follow the infectious disease prevention measures.

 

COVID-19 PREVENTION MEASURES IN SCHOOLS

- Do not go to school or work if having fever or respiratory symptoms

- Ventilate classrooms by opening windows

- Maintain constant distance between students

- Keep facemasks on at all times* while in school

  * Exceptions allowed for meal times or health problems

- Maintain personal hygiene including hand washing and using hand sanitizers

- If having fever of 37.5 degrees or above or respiratory symptoms, immediately inform a health teacher and classroom teacher, put on an MFDS-approved facemask, and wait in a separate area

- Avoid karaoke rooms, PC cafes, bars, clubs, and other publicly used facilities

 

 - If a confirmed case is found in a school, all students, teachers, and staff of the school will be instructed to put on an MFDS-approved facemask and return home. Local municipal government will conduct epidemiological investigation, disinfection, restriction of use of the affected facility, and other necessary infection control measures.

 

As a measure to assess the risk of school dormitory environment, testing will be conducted for dormitory resident students of boarding high schools in Gyeongbuk Province and Incheon City.

  - For Incheon City, the testing will take place on 27-28 May. The personnel required will be provided by the Ministry of National Defense.

  - For Gyeongbuk Province, the testing will take place beginning on 26 May and will also include dormitory resident students of a college in Gyeongsan.

 

In light of the recent rise in local transmissions related to clubs, bars, karaoke rooms, and after-school private academies, KCDC urged people to refrain from social gathering or visiting any enclosed/confined/crowded spaces that are frequented by many people.

  - People who cannot avoid visiting an enclosed/crowded space for an essential reason should carefully follow personal hygiene measures including keeping 2 meters of distance from other people, wearing a facemask, avoiding handshakes, washing hands, and not touching eyes, nose, or mouth with their hands.

  - Persons belonging to high-risk groups (including elderly, pregnant women, persons with chronic illness) should especially avoid any poorly ventilated enclosed space frequented by many people. If such a situation cannot be avoided for an essential reason, it is highly important to wear a facemask.

 

Anyone who has come in close contact with a large number of unspecified persons in an enclosed/confined space such as clubs or bars need to be tested at a screening clinic through public health center or 1339 call center.

  - KCDC urged people to visit a screening clinic and get tested especially if two or more persons within a household or social group develop COVID-19 suspected symptoms.

 

“5 Basic Infection Prevention Rules for Everyone”

(1) Stay home for 3-4 days if you get sick.

(2) Keep a distance of two arms’ length between you and other people.

(3) Wash your hands for 30 seconds. Cough/sneeze into your sleeve.

(4) Ventilate your space at least twice a day and disinfect regularly.

(5) Keep in touch with family and friends while maintaining physical distancing.

 

 

[Table 3: Regional distribution and epidemiological links of the confirmed cases]

 

Region

Confirmed cases

Other major clusters

Total

Imported cases

Clusters

Other*

New cases

Sub-

total

Shin-

cheonji

Other clusters

Contacts of confirmed cases

Imported cases

Seoul

783

271

485

8

390

18

69

27

9

Itaewon clubs (118), Samsung Medical Center (7), Guro-gu call center (98), Dong-an Church-PC Cafe (20), Manmin Central Church (41), etc.

Busan

144

27

88

12

57

18

1

29

0

Itaewon clubs (4), Onchun Church (39), Suyeong-gu Kindergarten (5), etc.

Daegu

6,875

25

6,119

4,510

685

920

4

731

1

Itaewon clubs (3), Second Mi-Ju Hospital (196), Hansarang Convalescent Hospital (128), Daesil Convalescent Hospital (100), Fatima Hospital (37), etc.

Incheon

147

47

95

2

80

6

7

5

3

Itaewon clubs (45), Guro-gu call center (20), etc.

Gwangju

30

14

16

9

0

1

6

0

0

 

Daejeon

45

14

22

2

12

8

0

9

0

Korea Forest Engineer Institute (3), etc.

Ulsan

50

19

24

16

2

3

3

7

0

 

Sejong

47

4

42

1

38

3

0

1

0

Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries (30), gym facilities (8)

Gyeonggi

768

181

539

29

396

52

62

48

2

Itaewon clubs (59), biblical langue study meeting (7), first responder (3), Grace River Church in Seongnam (72), Guro-gu call center-Bucheon SaengMyeongSu Church (48), Uijeongbu St. Mary’s Hospital (50), etc.

Gangwon

56

16

33

17

16

0

0

7

0

Apartments in Wonju City (3), Uijeongbu St. Mary’s Hospital (10), etc.

Chung-
buk

60

8

42

6

27

7

2

10

1

Itaewon clubs (9), Goesan-gun Jangyeon-myeon (11), etc.

Chung-
nam

145

13

122

0

120

1

1

10

0

Gym facilities in Cheonan (103), research center in Seosan (9), etc.

Jeonbuk

21

10

6

1

5

0

0

5

0

Itaewon clubs (2)

Jeonnam

18

10

5

1

1

2

1

3

0

 

Gyeong-
buk

1,378

13

1,232

566

476

190

0

133

1

Gumi Elim Church (8), Cheongdo Daenam Hospital (120), Bonghwa Pureun Nursing Home (68), pilgrimage to Israel (49), Gyeongsan Seo Convalescent Hospital (66), Yecheon-gun (41), etc.

Gyeong-
nam

123

17

87

32

48

6

1

19

0

Itaewon clubs (2), Geochang Church (10), Geochang Woongyang-myeon (8), Wings Tower (10), etc.

Jeju

14

8

2

0

1

0

1

4

0

 

Airport

521

521

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

 

Total

11,225

1,218

8,959

5,212

2,354

1,235

158

1,048

19

 

( % )

(57.1)

(14.3)

(7.1)

(0.0)

(7.1)

(28.6)

(0.0)

* Not classified into a cluster or under investigation

The interim classification is based on the reporting location, which may change depending on further epidemiological investigation.



[Figure 1: Daily new confirmed cases by chain of transmission]


         TOTAL

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         Seoul City

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         Incheon City

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         Gyeonggi Province

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         Daegu City

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         Gyeongbuk Province

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[Table 4: Age distribution of severe cases]

 

Age group

Total

Severe

(

%

)

Very severe

(

%

)

Total

12

4

(

100.0

)

8

(

100.0

)

80 and above

4

2

(

50.0

)

2

(

25.0

)

70-79

3

1

(

25.0

)

2

(

25.0

)

60-69

2

1

(

25.0

)

1

(

12.5

)

50-59

1

0

(

0.0

)

1

(

12.5

)

40-49

2

0

(

0.0

)

2

(

25.0

)

30-39

0

0

(

0.0

)

0

(

0.0

)

20-29

0

0

(

0.0

)

0

(

0.0

)

10-19

0

0

(

0.0

)

0

(

0.0

)

0-9

0

0

(

0.0

)

0

(

0.0

)

 


[Figure 2: New cases (for last 2 weeks) by chain of transmission]

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[Table 5: Public venues visited by confirmed COVID-19 cases]

 

Region

Type

Name and address

Date

Time

Seoul

Singing room

Gawang Coin Karaoke

(Seoul Nowon-gu Dobong-ro 468 Hongik Building)

5/7

21:37~22:10

-

Seoul

Singing room

Byeolbyeol Coin Karaoke

(Seoul Gwangak-gu Gwangak-ro 200)

5/4

20:35~21:19

-

Seoul

Singing room

Rock-Q Coin Karaoke

(Seoul Mapo-gu Hongik-ro-6-gil 10)

5/6

15:23~16:16

-

5/7

19:00~19:20

-

Seoul

Amusement facility

1943 Hongik Univ. Branch (Seoul Mapo-gu Jandari-ro 8-6)

5/7

19:30~21:30

17:00~05:00

Hansin Pocha (Seoul Mapo-gu Jandari-ro 13)

5/7

21:50~23:20

17:00~07:00

Seoul

Amusement facility

Holics (Seoul Seocho-gu Seochodaero-77-gil 24)

5/9

20:00~00:11

16:00~06:00

Seoul

Singing room

SBS Singing Room (Seoul Seocho-gu Seochodaero-77-gil 31)

5/9

00:36~01:36

-

Seoul

Amusement facility

Akbari (Seoul Seocho-gu Seochodaero-77-gil 39)

5/10

01:50~03:42

-

Seoul

Restaurant

Illu Duck (Seoul Seongdong-gu Seongsuilro-8-gil 40)

5/11~5/21

11:00~23:00

Seoul

Other

Biblical Language Studies

(Grace Methodist Church / Hwado Uri Church /

Uijeongbu Jusarang Church: Uijeongbu-si Taepyeong-ro 212)

5/8, 5/15

-

Seoul

Amusement facility

Byeolbam Pocha

(Seoul Yongsan-gu Hangangdaero-87-gil 7)

5/4

19:50~22:30

-

Daegu

Singing room

Ban Ban Coin Karaoke (Gongi ban sori ban)

(Daegu Dalseo-gu Gyedaedongmun-ro 2, B1)

5/11

23:28~24:3

10:00~05:00

Daegu

Singing room

Tongtong Coin Singing Room

(Daegu Jung-gu Dongseongro-2-gil 45)

5/12

17:40~17:55

11:00~01:00

Daegu

Cafe

Asura Balbalta (board game cafe)

(Daegu Jung-gu Dongseongro-5-gil 53)

5/18

17:38~19:44

24시간

Daegu

Cafe

Golbang (comic book cafe)

(Daegu Jung-gu Dongseongro-5-gil 53)

5/17

18:45~19:55

10:00~01:00


Daegu

Singing room

Rock-Q Coin Karaoke (Dongseongro No 2 Branch)

(Daegu Jung-gu Dongseongro-6-gil 42)

5/18

21:00~21:37

11:00~06:00

Incheon

PC cafe

Jin PC Room

(Incheon Michuhol-gu Dokbae-ro 311 Vision Plaza)

5/6

15:16~19:26

-

Incheon

Singing room

Top Coin Singing Room

(Incheon Michuhol-gu Dokbae-ro 311 Vision Plaza)

5/6

20:00~21:00

-

Gyeonggi

Other

Fiesta 9

(Gyeonggi Gooyang-si Ilsanseo-gu Ilhyeong-ro 97-11 Ilsan Doosan We’ve The Zenith Square B2)

5/16

13:00

11:30~21:00

Gyeonggi

Other

Laon Party House

(Gyeonggi Bucheon-si Buil-ro 223 B1)

5/9, 5/10, 5/17

11:30~19:00

Gyeonggi

Other

MERIT Night Club

(Gyeonggi Bucheon-si Gilju-ro 125)

5/9~5/10

23:48~00:34

20:00~05:00

Gyeonggi

Amusement facility

Baobap (Bucheon Sangdong Branch)

(Gyeonggi Bucheon-si Songnaedaero-2650-beongil 59)

5/10

00:44~02:03

15:00~05:00

Gyeonggi

Singing room

Junco Music Town (Bucheon Sangdong Branch)

(Gyeonggi Bucheon-si Giljuro 121-beongil 18-3)

5/10

02:09~03:55

18:00~09:00

Gyeonggi

Amusement facility

Jakuwa

(Gyeonggi Anyang-si Manan-gu Jangnaero 1430-beongil 15)

5/14

18:00~23:30

17:00~08:00

5/15

19:00~23:40

5/17

18:00~22:00

Gyeonggi

Other

Music Home Orchestra

(Gyeonggi Yongin-si Giheung-gu Guseong-ro 357 Bldg B Floor 2)

5/19

-

Gyeongbuk

Other

Saemaeul Jungang Market 91st stand (selling cheonggukjang)

(Gyeongbuk Gumi-si Gumijungangro-9-gil 11)

5/18~5/22

07:00~18:00

Gyeongbuk

Other

Saemaeul Jungang Market 42nd stand (selling vegetables)

(Gyeongbuk Gumi-si Gumijungangro-9-gil 11)

5/18~5/22

07:00~18:00

Gyeonggi

Bath house

Daeyang Hot Springs Land

(Gyeonggi-do Bucheon-si Gilju-ro 115)

5/17

09:0313:47

-

5/20

11:0612:41


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